Scholar of the Week



Alejandro Hinojos      
University of Texas at El Paso




Alejandro Hinojos is a proud Mexican-American – deeply connected to both his Mexican and American roots. The Texas native credits his parents for instilling in him the value of working hard. His parents, who came from humble beginnings, created their own roadmap to success, worked hard and in the process became positive role models for Alejandro. This gave Alejandro the confidence and support needed to persevere and set goals for himself to one day become an upstanding successful professional.
  
Alejandro has worked throughout his collegiate career, including summer jobs. He considers himself fortunate to have found laboratory jobs that paid him enough to pay for everyday living expenses. Alejandro attended the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical and materials engineering.
 
Alejandro is a motivated and passionate individual, who maintained involvement within his courses and demonstrated great focus and curiosity about the subject he was studying. His level of involvement as an undergraduate research assistant at UTEP’s Keck Center for 3D innovation was particularly noteworthy. He showed exceptional materials lab skills, especially his metallographic sample preparation/interpretation. Alejandro was part of a failure analysis project, where he offered both technical and organizational skills to the group. He strived to present the best data possible, illustrating his high standards and determination. He also displayed a great aptitude for teamwork. 

Alejandro plans to use his education and bicultural upbringing to help integrate Hispanics into STEM fields. His goal is to become a professor and researcher and become a role model for young Hispanics.
 
A HENAAC Class of 2015 Scholar, he received a scholarship from the Amezcua Family. A scholarship presented to qualifying students, who attend the University of Texas at El Paso, which is the alma mater of GMiS Board Member, Robert Amezcua and his wife, Debbie. 




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